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Philippines Secures $5 Billion Investment Commitments from German and US Corporations

MANILA — This week, the Philippines clinched investment pledges totaling approximately $5 billion from prominent German and American corporations, signaling substantial opportunities for the nation in critical sectors like healthcare and energy. These pledges mark significant victories for the Philippines as it vies for foreign capital against other players in the region.

During his three-day working visit to Germany, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr successfully secured investment pledges worth $4 billion from German companies, as announced by the trade ministry on Wednesday. This achievement follows closely on the heels of over $1 billion in commitments from American firms.

The conclusion of a two-day trade mission to the Philippines by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Tuesday further bolstered these developments. The mission, attended by executives from 22 companies including United Airlines, Alphabet’s Google, Visa, and Microsoft, underscored the growing interest and commitment of American businesses to engage in the Philippine market.

For years, the Philippines has grappled with challenges in attracting foreign investment, hampered by bureaucratic hurdles, inadequate infrastructure, and uncertain policies. As a result, it has seen businesses flock to neighboring Southeast Asian countries offering more favorable tax incentives and lower operating expenses.

In a significant development, private equity giant KKR & Co has committed to injecting $400 million into the telecommunications tower sector in the Philippines, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday. This investment is aimed at bolstering operations and facilitating expansion within the country’s telecom infrastructure.

Startup Ally Power has recently inked a substantial $400 million deal with Manila Electric Co, a prominent power utility, aimed at constructing a cutting-edge hydrogen and electric refueling station.

In a separate development, Microsoft has entered into collaboration with the Philippine central bank and governmental departments including the ministries of budget and trade. Their objective is to explore the potential of Microsoft’s AI products in enhancing productivity, as highlighted by the commerce department.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has strengthened its economic ties with Germany, sealing eight investment agreements encompassing various sectors such as solar cell manufacturing, automotive modification, and the production of military-grade armored personnel carriers.

Additional agreements entail the prospective establishment of a hospital training center, an innovation hub, and a digital healthcare partnership, along with initiatives for farmland rehabilitation.

Despite these positive developments, recent data from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations website indicates that the Philippines secured $12 billion in foreign direct investments in 2022, trailing behind Vietnam’s $15.7 billion and Indonesia’s $21.1 billion.

(Conversion rate: $1 = 55.2330 Philippine pesos)

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